Players should always audibly call out the score prior to serving. This gives the opponent a chance to hear the score and stop the serve if they disagree with the score or feel the players are out of court position.
Players should not chase down a ball when rolling onto another court, and never cross over another court that is in use (should wait until the other court is between games or invited to cross).
Players (and observers) should praise a good shot but never applaud a bad one. For example, if a player wins a point on the opponent’s error, applause might not be appropriate unless that was match point. Be considerate – when a player hears applause following their error, it can be discouraging.
Players should always (and promptly) shake hands prior to – and promptly after the match, Win and Lose the same – with grace!
Only players are permitted on the courts, and coaches may enter the courts before a match, and generally during changeovers to speak to their player(s). Spectators should not enter the court.
Players need to make calls audible! Using a finger or hand motion is technically not the preferred method. Always vocally make a call even if using a hand motion. Do not make obvious calls, aloud. If a ball is hit into the net, for example, there’s no need to say “OUT”!
Players are to manage their matches independently. Spectators may not discuss the match with the player from the sidelines, or help them with game specifics such as line calls. Players need to learn by their mistakes whether it’s the score, court position, making line calls, etc. If a problem is observed and players are in need of help or for resolution, please notify an on-site coach or designated parent as they are the only authorized parties permitted to assist during a match.
Team support and sportsmanship is also important. Ideally, all players should remain at a match through to the end supporting all team mates and offering encouragement during wins and losses.
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